Air Quality

The Skunk Fire is 77% contained and has consumed 43,137 acres including fire growth and back burns.

Light rain contributed to some progress but not much has changed in fire activity. The fire continues in a north westerly direction along Nantac Rim towards Kidde Canyon through steep terrain and rocky outcrops. Fuel types are grass, juniper and pinion pine.

Fire is still emitting smoke from the interior with some single tree torching. Evening and early morning inversions are causing light smoke to linger in the valleys and drainages.

The Slide Fire is located in Oak Creek Canyon just north of Slide Rock State Park and burning northward, predominantly on the west side of the canyon.  The Slide fire is approximately 14,100  acres and estimated to be 25 percent contained. 

The Incident Management Team thanks the Sedona Fire Department for having a structure preparation plan in place for Oak Creek Canyon. This plan assisted team members in quickly dispatching resources to appropriate areas. This smooth transition was elemental in protecting structures within the canyon.


The Skunk Fire is at 42,513 acres including fire growth and back burns. The fire continues to move in a north westerly direction along Nantac Rim towards Kidde Tank and easterly direction towards Dry Lake Road 1583 into ponderosa pine forest.

The south side of the fire below the rim is still holding in Ash Creek area. Division Zulu remains a priority as fire crews continue to hold the line on top of the rim. Currently there is a logging operation just east of division Zulu.

There are minimal impacts to air quality given limited fire growth over the past day, wind dispersion, and possible precipitation expected today/tomorrow.

 A community meeting will held today at 7 p.m. at the Sierra Vista Fire Station #363 at 675 Giulio Cesare Ave. in Sierra Vista.

On Thursday, hotshot crews completed a direct handline around the perimeter of the fire with 25% containment completed along the southwest flank. Helicopters continued to provide fire suppression support for the firefighters.

The Slide Fire has created smoke in surrounding communities.  The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality is providing a daily air quality report.

Similar day to day weather pattern is expected through this week with breezy southwesterly winds for the afternoons followed by typical downslope winds developing during the overnight and early morning hours.

Crews will continue to monitor the Slide Fire area throughout today and additional helicopter work may be necessary.

Other internal areas of unburned fuel may continue to smolder, producing light smoke. Crews on all area of the fire perimeter will continue rehabilitation efforts.

Within the controlled fire perimeter, areas of unburned fuel produced a small flare up Sunday afternoon near Junipine Resort. Helicopters were used for water bucket drops on the steep and rugged canyon walls in this area.

No new fire spread is expected outside the existing fire perimeter.


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